that they are under and the risks they take, sending a few slim jims, it's not really a big deal. >> reporter: a simple gift that goes a very long way. >> "have i said thank you for your service lately." >> we are told the adopt-a-soldier program has created a number of friendships that have lasted well beyond their deployments. that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. brian williams will be here tomorrow. we hope you will stick around and join me later for "dateline." i'm lester holt.